The students will build their knowledge of the importance of having a balanced meal. This is a quick
and informative activity for students to understand the portions they need from protein, grains,
vegetables, fruits, and dairy. Students will be able to understand the portions they need from every
meal after they have interacted with “My Plate”. As you put the cursor on each word, Chef Solus
Mouse: To view each section of your plate, you have to put the mouse on the specific word and
hold. Then, there will be a description of the specific section of food on the bottom of the page.
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Review the food pyramid
and colors for each section with your students to implement previous
knowledge. Create pictures of the foods that are grains, proteins, grains, vegetables, fruits, and
dairies. This will allow the students to classify each food into each food group. If you would like a
hands on activity, create at least 12 to 14 bags with different kinds of grains, proteins, vegetables,
fruits, and dairies in each bag. Allow your students to have a partner and have them group their
items into 5 groups.
1. Have students create an art project using one piece of construction paper, 2 white paper plates, and
crayons. Students will be able to create their own plate of what they think needs to be on their plate
(this is before you show them “My Plate”). This should be individual work. This will allow the
students to have ownership of what they believe needs to be on their plates. Have the students divide
one paper plate into 5 sections. For younger students, you may need to prepare the plates for your
2. Explain the importance of each food group. Have the students draw what they think needs to be in
each section of their plate. This will allow students and teachers to understand their background
knowledge of what is expected on their plate.
3. Guide the students to “Talking My Plate
After “My Plate
” activity have your students take their second plate and divide the plate into 5
sections. Have your students create a second plate by having them draw what needs to be in each
section (protein, fruit, vegetables, dairy, and grain). This will allow your students to create and
choose the foods they think need to be in each section of their plate. Allow the students to discuss
their plates to a partner or in front of class. This will allow the student to have inquiry during your
For younger students, allow them to do the same assessment, but with a partner. Your younger
students will need more support during this portion. This will allow your student to develop more
confidence in their abilities.